When The Foundations Are Destroyed I Will Trust In The Lord – Sunday Thought For The Day
In Psalm 11:3 (KJV) the state or society is compared to a building or tower. The support foundations of this structure are understood to be the laws of morality. These support pillars upon which the building rests are the fundamental principles of law and order and justice.
Verse three of this Psalm also asks the question: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
In the first verse of this Psalm of David, his response to those telling him to flee to the mountain, i.e., those seeking to discourage him from making any further resistance, is to make clear in Whom he has placed his trust. He asks those telling him to run, “how dare they say such a thing to him?”
The people argued that the foundations of religion and virtue were subverted, and therefore all was over. Said being the case, they questioned what a man engaged in even the most righteous designs could hope to do? Bishop Patrick paraphrases the words thus, “If men have no regard to laws and public decrees, which are the foundation of human society, but will boldly violate all known and standing rules of justice and truth; what can the righteous do? — What security can an honest man have? or what should he do, but make haste away from the place where they act so arbitrarily, and are so perfidious?” In other words; inasmuch as the efforts of the righteous haven’t prevented this societal anarchy and collapse – what could David hope to accomplish by remaining and placing his life in peril?
But, David wasn’t guilty of such fearful abandonment faith. In verse four David makes clear who is in charge and in whom he rests – it’s the Lord. The Lord is in His holy temple; His throne is in Heaven, and He beholds, i.e., sees everything.
In the verses there following David states that God tries the hearts of the righteous. The strength of the righteous, is that when we’re tried or tested as it were, our faith is in God. It’s our unwavering belief in Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV) coupled with our personal testimonies of the countless numbers of times we’ve experienced God’s provision when we were tried.
Like David, we should need no other refuge than our trust/faith in the Lord. However well-meant and intended the advice of the faint of heart, like David we must consider it too full of fear to follow it.
I have read and steadfastly embrace every word and promise of scripture as factual truth. If God protected His own in scripture then I know and am assured of His protecting me. Let the foundations of the godless crumble; My family and I will rest upon God’s precious promises.
I will look unto the Lord from whom cometh my help. I will not trust in corrupt men or the science that amounts to little more than demonic sorcery. I will trust only in the Lord. Let all who agree with me say Amen.
Psalm 46 KJV
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here